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Glossary

Glossary

Billing Cycle
The dates between the last time your meter was read to determine energy consumption and the current bill reading.
Billing Demand
The highest 30 minute kW (or peak) measured during the current month and the preceding eleven months. For PL rate schedules billing demand is determined by the greatest of:

Summer Months (June - Sep.)

  • 100% of current month
  • 95% of highest summer month
  • 60% of highest winter month

Winter Months (Oct. - May)

  • 95% of highest summer month
  • 60% of highest winter month
Customer Charge
Covers Georgia Power Company's monthly administrative fees to meter and bill for electric service.
Demand Side Options
Program designed to:
  • Shift load to off-peak hours
  • Reduce generation capacity needs
  • reduce overall energy usage

Examples

  • Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL's)
  • Home Performance & ENERGY STAR ®
  • Refrigerator/Freezer recycling
Energy Charge
The amount of money charged to a customer based on their specific energy (kWh) consumption and tariff.
Franchise Fee
A monthly charge that recovers Georgia PSC approved fees Georgia Power incurs for conducting business within the city limits and on the cities' rights-of-way across the state of Georgia.
Fuel Charge
A monthly charge designed to recover all costs associated with the fuel used to generate electricity. Fuel for example, can be nuclear, coal or natural gas. Georgia Power makes no profit on fuel charges.
Hours Use Demand
HUD = The approximate number of hours in a month the customer uses billing demand.
Nights & Weekends
A residential time of use rate that is designed to encourage customers to use less electricity during on-peak periods (M-F, 2-7pm) in the hottest part of the summer (June - September) when electricity prices are the highest.
Off Peak
The charge associated with using electricity during off-peak periods. For example, on the Nights & Weekends tariff, off-peak rates are defined as: October - May, Holidays, and June - September (except 2pm - 7pm) when electricity prices are the lowest.
On Peak
The charge associated with using electricity during on-peak periods (M-F, 2-7pm) in the hottest part of the summer (June - September) when electricity prices are the highest.
Residential
Rate designated for dwelling units suitable for year-round family occupancy containing full kitchen facilities.
Rider
A rider is a modifier to an existing tariff: how it's priced, who qualifies, or how we bill it.
Shoulder
The Shoulder period is defined as the hours between 12:00 noon and 2 p.m. and the hours between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for the calendar months of June through September (Summer Months). The above hours on days in which the following holidays are observed shall be considered Off-Peak: Independence Day and Labor Day.
Tariff
A tariff, also referred to as a schedule, is a written document on file with the PSC that describes how Georgia Power calculates its charges to customers and the terms and conditions for service.
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